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New York: Historical Food and Beer Tour of LES and Brooklyn

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    Stop At: City Hall Park, 43 Park Row City Hall, New York City, NY 10038-1508

    We meet at the fountain in this park just outside of New York’s City Hall. Here we’ll discuss the beginnings of the city and sample a local treat. We also see some of the nearby buildings (Municipal Building, Woolworth Building, Brooklyn Bridge), and mention their history.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Municipal Building, Chambers and Centre streets, New York City, NY 10007-1602

    We point out some of the exterior features and talk about the building’s history

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, NY 10038

    Take in the beauty of this amazing feat of engineering as we get a view from the Manhattan side. Our guides will give you tips on how to walk across it and can share some stories about its history.



    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: African Burial Ground National Monument, Duane and Elk Streets next to 290 Broadway, New York City, NY

    We discuss the discovery of the burial ground and the building of the memorial and monument, including the significance of some of the design. We also talk a little bit about the early African experience in New York through those that were brought here as slaves and those that were freed.



    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: New York City Supreme Court, 60 Centre St, New York City, NY 10007-1402

    We talk about the history of the surrounding area that was once a poor Irish community and before that a polluted pond. You get to see the building that is now most famous for being featured on most episodes of Law & Order.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Columbus Park, 67 Mulberry St Baxter St, New York City, NY 10013-4331

    We briefly walk through this park on the edge of Chinatown and talk about what used to be here: the notorious neighborhood of the Five Points. We discuss the Irish immigration and show photos of what the neighborhood used to look like.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chinatown, Canal Street to Bayard Street, New York City, NY

    We walk through part of the neighborhood, discuss Chinese immigration, and visit a dumpling shop that is a local favorite. We also give tips on where else to visit in the large community.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Little Italy, Mulberry Street, New York City, NY 10013

    We head up and around Mulberry Street and discuss Italian immigration. We get to see some amazing modern street art, hear stories about organized crime, and visit an historic local Italian food shop for a delicious tasting.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Nolita, New York City, NY

    We cruise through one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York today and discuss the changing neighborhood. This used to be Little Italy, but today it’s loaded with hip bars and restaurants and we get to see some of the best street art in the city.



    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry St, New York City, NY 10012-3375

    As we walk through Nolita, you get a chance to see the original St. Patrick’s and learn about the hardships Catholic immigrants first suffered when coming to this country.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Sara D Roosevelt Park, E Houston St Between Chrystie & Forsyth St, New York City, NY 10002

    Learn about the history of this park, named for FDR’s mother, and take a quick stroll through the northern end. We’ll also stop at the M’Finda Kalunga Garden inside the park to discuss Latin American immigration and how this neighborhood has changed throughout the decades.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lower East Side, New York City, NY

    See the transformation of the neighborhood from an area filled with run-down tenements and poverty to one that is currently being gentrified. See lots of great street art and community gardens. Learn about Jewish, German, and Latin American immigration in this neighborhood and sample some traditional food.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002-3102

    We share stories about the founding of the museum and its important part in Lower East Side history. Our tour comes very close to the museum and our guides can give you tips on how to get tickets and explore their excellent gift shop.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

    Explore one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn while learning the immigration story through beer. Wander from the hipster end through industrial Williamsburg and meet entrepreneurs who are bringing craft beer to the traditional German enclave.



    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Domino Park, 15 River St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

    Learn how the sugar refineries helped shape the Brooklyn waterfront where upscale housing and cool amenities now can be found.



    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: CB Craft Brewers, 300 Village Square Blvd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472-1180

    Walk the route where brewing in America got its start, with 25% of beer being made in Brooklyn in the mid-19th Century. See the remains of old breweries and enter an existing space that has been repurposed for a multi-use facility at the old Otto Huber Brewing Company.



    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: The Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207-1813

    Listen to stories of famous and heroic Brooklynites who died in the line of duty and are buried at Evergreen

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Bushwick Collective Street Art, 427 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237-2601

    As you head into industrial areas that have been repurposed as artisan manufactures and retail spots, you’ll witness some of the best street art Williamsburg has to offer.



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    Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile

    Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Olivia. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and knew where the good food was. The dumpling were my favorite, but it was all wonderful. We certainly did not leave hungry.

    Thank Exploration166553
    Reviewed 14 October 2018

    My husband, two kids (13 & 10) and I recently tour the Tenement, tales and Tastes Tour while visiting New York. Elena our tour guide was wonderful, with her knowledge and stories of the areas we visited. She had an easy going manner that was...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Janelikeitis
    Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

    What a great last day spent in NYC. Mary Hannah, our tour guide was awesome. It rained all day, but you know what, it didn’t bother me in the least. The day started off with the Immigrant Experience sampling some wonderful food and really gaining...More

    Thank debsg214
    Reviewed 17 July 2018

    Our group of 5 really enjoyed this walking tour. Our tour guide, Brian, got to know each person individually and was extremely knowledgeable. Everyone in our group interacted and enjoyed learning about the deep history in these neighborhoods that led to the foundation of the...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank Christine R
    Reviewed 29 April 2018

    Mary Hannah Lynn was very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to. Fun to sample different ethnic foods and hear about the different immigrant areas.

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank Lawrence R
    nycurbanadventures, Manager at New York City Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

    We're so glad you were able to join us on the tour! Hope to see you again. The Management Team at NYC Urban Adventures

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